Raleigh - N.C. Department of Transportation crews are monitoring and responding to winter weather across affected parts of the state.
Since Thursday, in response to winter weather last week and in advance of Monday's, maintenance crews spread more than 2.4 million gallons of a salt-water mixture called brine along state-maintained roadways and highway routes.
Brine is a 23 percent salt-and-water solution that minimizes the amount of ice that might bond to the pavement and makes it easier for trucks to plow snow.
Crews across the state were also brought in Sunday night and early Monday morning to monitor bridges and other known trouble spots for icy conditions.
In addition to brine, crews, as of Monday afternoon, had also spread16,012 tons of salt and 5,144 tons of a sand-salt mixture to help melt precipitation.
Nearly 1,800 NCDOT employees, as well as 1,187 NCDOT trucks and graders and 379 contract trucks have been involved in the statewide de-icing operations.
Because of the dangerous conditions of roadways, drivers should stay off the roads, if possible, until at least temperatures climb above freezing and roadway conditions improve.
Those who must drive should:
Wear their seatbelts, reduce their speed and leave plenty of room between their vehicles and others.
Plan for significant additional travel time to reach their destinations.
Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution, and, unless necessary, avoid applying their brakes while on a bridge or ramp.
If they begin to slide, take their foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of your vehicle.
Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection in case any vehicles coming from other directions lose control of their vehicles while also trying to stop.
More safe-driving tips, as well as real-time travel information, are available on NCDOT.gov. Dial *HP (*47) for roadside emergencies only, or call 911.
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A maintenance crew in Mecklenburg County prepares an NCDOT truck for winter weather.